Trina McGee Explains Why She Wasn’t within the ‘Boy Meets World’ Finale
One other “Boy Meets World” thriller was solved throughout a latest episode of the rewatch podcast, “Pod Meets World.” Trina McGee, who portrayed Angela Moore throughout the last three seasons of the sitcom, revealed why she wasn’t a part of the collection finale.
“That is some floor we’ve not lined. I used to be instructed, in form of a bizarre, off-handed manner by an important particular person, that you just guys all went to [showrunner] Michael Jacobs, and also you mentioned, ‘We don’t need her within the final episode. She’s one way or the other taking our gentle.’ [That] was the gist of it,” mentioned McGee, who performed Shawn Hunter’s (Rider Robust) girlfriend on the present. “I used to be instructed that after I shot what was the present earlier than the final episode, which was known as ‘Angela’s Ashes’ once I left. When Michael introduced to me, we’re going to do one other present on Angela, I used to be so pleased, not figuring out this was going to be the present earlier than the final present.”
“I bear in mind after we taped the present, I had mentioned to an individual, ‘Why aren’t we on the final present?’ As a result of I do know the final present was going to be the one with the scores and the crying and all of the stuff. I used to be below the impression that y’all bought collectively and didn’t need me within the final present, for some purpose I used to be going to take some shine or one thing to that impact,” she continued. “That was actually hurtful to me for a very long time. To make it worse, folks of shade are inclined to look into issues slightly tougher generally. So I had cousins calling me, saying, ‘How come you weren’t within the final episode? They only gave you that complete present so that you just’d be distracted and wouldn’t be within the present with the true scores?’ A number of of my cousins, my members of the family had been telling me this. … I’ve truthfully had that in my head for 20 years.”
Friedle was not pleased in regards to the declare. “Can we are saying for the file, Trina, that by no means occurred,” he mentioned. “That’s not competitiveness, that’s sociology. This pisses me off. That is subsequent stage.”
McGee kindly replied, “I consider you. I can inform by your reactions. I’ve had that in my head for thus lengthy, and I’ve by no means watched that present. I’ve all the time felt like, ugh. … That harm me a very long time.”
Whereas Fishel and McGee remembered being pitted in opposition to one another, the boys mentioned that it wasn’t the identical for them.
“It’s true that we weren’t performed in opposition to one another, however I gained’t go to this point to say we weren’t manipulated,” Robust mentioned. Friedle responded, “Oh no, that’s completely different. Manipulated on a regular basis. However it wasn’t whispering in a single ear, whispering in one other ear about one thing else.”
In the course of the episode, McGee additionally regarded again at an op-ed that she wrote for the Every day Information, through which she defended the truth that “Boy Meets World” didn’t handle that Shawn and Angela had been in an interracial relationship. She shared on the podcast that her publicist and husband really wrote the piece, which was revealed below her byline, however that she didn’t agree.
“I used to be very confused on the time about whether or not to speak about it or not — I had two realms of considering: my job and mankind,” she mentioned. “It wasn’t completely my natural view. Humorous sufficient, a rebuttal was written to the Every day Information by Lorraine Toussaint, who mentioned, no, it’s essential to acknowledge that these are two completely different races getting collectively… If I needed to do it over and I might take my actual stance, hindsight and all the pieces. I’d have wrote the alternative article.”
Robust additionally remembered speaking to McGee in regards to the subject, additionally questioning why they weren’t discussing it.
Earlier than the household sitcom, McGee had starred on a number of sitcoms with Black casts, together with “A Totally different World,” “Martin” and “Household Issues.”
“Coming from Black sitcoms, I all the time needed to have like a Black meter… My Black meter was most likely right down to a 2. I bear in mind once I was doing ‘Angela’s Ashes’ episode, one way or the other my Black meter had slipped up and I used to be at a few 9. Michael came visiting to me and his observe was, ‘Hey Trina, simply flip down the Thelma Hopkins about eight notches,’” she mentioned, noting that the producer was referencing the Black “Household Issues” actor. “I knew precisely what he was speaking about and I did. … There are such a lot of stuff you guys are so fortunate you didn’t have to consider.”
Years in the past, McGee and Friedle shared an interplay that they had on set that he says fully modified his life. They recounted the dialog on the podcast, noting that on set, McGee got here out of the dressing room in a crimson headband.
“In my head, I connected no cultural significance to that in any respect. I noticed an individual who I assumed was my buddy however didn’t know very properly, sporting a giant, crimson hat. That’s all I noticed,” Friedle defined. “I used to be like, ‘You’re a part of the forged, so meaning, I’m gonna make enjoyable of you an identical manner I make enjoyable [of others].’ I assumed, ‘Gonna make enjoyable of her crimson hat.’ That’s so far as my dumbass, privileged thoughts noticed. So proper earlier than I walked on individually, I walked by and went, ‘Love your syrup,’ and walked on to the set, considering ‘Increase, zing! Simply bought her for her hat.’”
After the scene, McGee instructed Friedle his remark referring to her as Aunt Jemima was not okay.
“I bear in mind saying to you, ‘I assumed that was such as you calling me the jolly inexperienced big.’ You had been like, ‘No, that’s not the identical factor in any respect.’” Friedle mentioned. “By no means use the time as an excuse however the mid-90s, I had no thought of the cultural significance of the Aunt Jemima character, any of that stuff… I had by no means heard that! I used to be mortified.”
After she defined the offensive remark to him, he apologized they usually hugged — however he was “actually shaking” afterward. McGee recalled feeling “very small,” to which Friedle responded, “How might you not?”
“It actually modified my life,” he continued. “That second was the second the place I used to be like, you may’t simply say stuff. You may’t throw stuff on the market, since you suppose it’s humorous and stroll away. You possibly can be hurting folks.”